The second part of the Budget session of Parliament is scheduled to begin on Monday. The central government will focus on getting the various demands for grants for the year 2021-22 passed along with the Finance Bill which carries various tax proposals, reported PTI. The session will conclude on April 8.

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The Parliament will assemble at a time when political parties have their focus on assembly elections in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala and Puducherry. Polling will be held in March-April. The counting of votes will take place on May 2.

Some of the bills listed by the central government include the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (Amendment) Bill, National Bank for Financing Infrastructure and Development Bill, Electricity (Amendment) Bill, Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill.

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Senior leaders of various parties, especially the regional ones, are likely to skip most of the House sittings to focus on election campaigning.

The first part of the Budget session started on January 29 with the President’s address to the joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament. The address was boycotted by over 20 Opposition parties, including the Congress, in support of the demand of the protesting farmers for the repeal of the three farm laws.

The Union Budget 2021-22 was tabled on February 1.

Thereafter, House proceedings were washed out for four consecutive days over the Opposition’s demand for separate discussion on farm issues.

To compensate for the session’s lost time, the House sat till midnight for several days.